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Philippines: Rody Inspired By Hollywood Movies In Drug War

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 04 Sep 2016 - Just like in the movies, but this is real life. President Duterte admitted he takes inspiration from Western action movies like "Dirty Harry" in waging his bloody war on drugs that has raised concern among the United Nations, the United States and human rights advocates.

Philippines: Speak Up on Summary Killings, Faithful Urged Anew

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 04 Sep 2016 - LINGAYEN-DAGUPAN Archbishop Socrates Villegas has urged Filipinos to speak up against the spate of killings targeting suspected criminals rather than remain comfortably silent. In a pastoral message, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) head reminded the faithful that "What you do or not do for the least of your brethren, you do to Christ."

US CA: Column: 'The More Access, The More Use'

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 04 Sep 2016 - L.A. Substance-Abuse Prevention Specialist Works to Limit Pot Availability Among Young People. When I wrote on Friday that pot use can have a serious downside for some teenagers, I hardly expected to be accused of embracing an archaic, alarmist "Reefer Madness" point of view.

Philippines: Condos, Call Centers Next Drug War Targets

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
Philippine Star, 03 Sep 2016 - Aside from nightclubs and bars, authorities are setting their sights on condominium dwellers and call center agents in Metro Manila in the next phase of the war on drugs. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde said they are investigating reports that drug pushers are using condominium dwellers and call center agents in their illegal transactions.

Denmark: Danish Commune Tears Down Drug Mart After Shootings

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Sep 2016 - With its open-air marijuana stalls festooned in psychedelic colors and its freewheeling, self-governing structure, the Christiania neighborhood in Copenhagen has been for decades emblematic of Danish liberalism and tolerance. On Friday morning, however, a symbol of hippie hedonism came crashing down - at least temporarily.

Indonesia: Alcohol Ban Is Promoted In Indonesia

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 03 Sep 2016 - JAKARTA, Indonesia - I.B. Agung Partha foresees an apocalypse, as he put it, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. The threat is not a plague of locusts, nor one of Bali's dormant volcanos springing to life. It is in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital several hundred miles away, where Parliament is debating legislation that would ban beer, wine and spirits across the thousands of islands that make up this country.

CN ON: Police Raid Storefront Marijuana Dispensaries

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
The Barrie Advance, 01 Sep 2016 - Tim Burdick received a shock yesterday when he arrived at Sunrise Medicinal in downtown Barrie to find police had raided the marijuana dispensary and arrested employees. He had driven from his Oro-Medonte home to get medical marijuana to help him deal with the nausea and lack of appetite due to cancer treatments.

CN BC: Law Blocks New Injection Sites: Officials

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 02 Sep 2016 - As overdoses rise, Vancouver mayor, B.C. Health Minister and medical authorities call on Ottawa to repeal 'mean-spirited' restriction Vancouver's mayor and B.C.'s top health officials have formally requested Ottawa repeal legislation they say imposes unnecessary hurdles to opening new supervised consumption sites.

CN ON: Medical Pot Users Worried

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
Barrie Examiner, 01 Sep 2016 - Closure of Two Dispensaries Leaves Customers in Limbo Medicinal marijuana users in Barrie are in limbo after two pot dispensaries in the city were shut down this week. Four men face drug charges after city police raided the marijuana dispensaries Tuesday with Controlled Drug and Substance Act warrants.

CN ON: Pot Docs Rip Dispensaries

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
London Free Press, 02 Sep 2016 - Warning That Patients May Lose Prescriptions Called 'Bullying' By Tasty Budds' Operator Medical marijuana users who buy their pot from illegal dispensaries risk not having their prescriptions renewed.

US: Adults More Likely To Smoke Pot Than Teens

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Sep 2016 - Use of Marijuana Among Those Aged 55-64 Up 455% Since 2002 Smoking weed is often seen as an indulgence reserved for the young and the reckless: kids get high, in the popular imagination, but by and large their parents don't.

Jamaica: Stop Fearing Int'l Bodies on Ganja Legalisation -

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 07:00
The Jamaica Gleaner, 03 Sep 2016 - ISRAEL-BORN BUSINESSMAN Boaz Wachtel has called for the Jamaican Government to follow in the footsteps of Uruguay and legalise ganja, without fear of upsetting Uncle Sam and the United Nations (UN). Wachtel, chairman of Creso Pharma, a medical marijuana company based in Australia, during his opening speech at CanEx at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Friday, said the United States was crumbling from within and ganja is being medicalised and legalised in parts of the country, while the UN was a frozen archaic body.

Philippines: Duterte Could Face Court Over Drug War Casualties

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 02 Sep 2016 - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte could face international criminal charges as the death count in his relentless war on drugs tops almost 2000, human rights advocates say. Comments by the tough-talking former provincial mayor such as "all of you are into drugs, you sons of bitches ... I will kill you" could be used as evidence to prosecute him, they say.

US: Few Adults Think Marijuana Is Risky

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
The Herald, 01 Sep 2016 - NEW YORK (AP) - Marijuana use is becoming more accepted among U.S. adults as states loosen pot laws, new national survey data shows. More are using marijuana, using it more often and far fewer think it's risky, the government survey found.

US NM: Pot Enterprise Stuck In Limbo

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 02 Sep 2016 - Partners in Planned Medical Cannabis Chain Blame State Obstruction Duke Rodriguez's plan to build a statewide chain of cannabis retail stores has hit a snag. Rodriguez, owner of Ultra Health LLC, contends that state regulators have slow-tracked his request to open at least 14 new stores, most in communities that now lack dispensaries.

US MD: Seeking Diversity In Pot Licensees

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 02 Sep 2016 - Medical Marijuana Panel Leaders Set Meeting With AG on Minority Dispensers Leaders of the state's medical marijuana commission are meeting with Attorney General Brian E. Frosh next week to figure out how to achieve more racial diversity when the panel awards licenses to companies to dispense the drug.

US IL: State Supreme Court Sets Rules for Pot

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 02 Sep 2016 - The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday announced it has created new rules for the state's cannabis decriminalization law - including setting a $ 120 fine for those caught with up to 10 grams of cannabis or drug paraphernalia. The law, which Gov. Bruce Rauner signed on July 29, gave the state Supreme Court the authority to further clarify the newly defined "civil law violation" of possessing up to 10 grams of cannabis or drug paraphernalia.

US MT: OPED: Don't Take Away Medicine From Sick and Dying

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
The Billings Gazette, 02 Sep 2016 - The new restrictions on medical marijuana going into effect this week will be devastating for patients. I know first-hand because I am a medical marijuana patient and have been for the past 10 years. Medical marijuana allows me to effectively treat my medical condition in a safer way and without the complications associated with the pharmaceuticals I would otherwise need to use. I have an incurable disease, Arnold Chiari Malformation and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. These ailments typically would cause my brain to herniate into my spinal cord. I had my first brain surgery when I was 14 and have undergone multiple brain and spinal procedures that have saved my life but have also caused me severe pain.

US CA: Column: Cannabis Not Always A Benign Bud

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 02 Sep 2016 - As Voters Ponder Prop. 64, Experts Cite the Effects Pot Can Have on Young Users. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Devan Fuentes made it all the way through San Clemente High School without drinking or using drugs. He vividly remembers the first time he smoked pot. He was visiting a friend at Occidental College, and decided the moment had come.

US MA: Questions Raised in Council's Marijuana Dispensary Vote

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 01 Sep 2016 - Most of the 13 members of the Boston City Council who voted in favor of an Allston medical marijuana dispensary were former consulting clients of a businessman lobbying for the company, raising questions about the influences on the city's oversight of its fledgling medical marijuana market. The businessman, Frank Perullo, was president of Sage Systems from November 2002 until the company closed in April 2015. Eight current city councilors hired Sage to provide various types of political consulting work during that period.

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